Scandic Marski Hotel
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... The Island is beautifully picturesque and peaceful (despite the many visitors).
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Historical Traveler Reviews Scandic Marski Hotel Helsinki
Perfect location, adequate hotel
The location of the Marski can't be beat. It is across the street from Stockmanns, Finland's largest department store, and at the head of Esplanade, the "Miracle Mile" of Helsinki. The main market square is a three or four minute stroll from the hotel.
We stayed in two different rooms. The first was in the unrenovated part of the hotel, and it showed. The carpet was stained and nasty, but the beds themselves were comfortable. Our second room was in the renovated section and it was just fine: nice wood floors, heated tile in the bathroom and same great beds.
If you can get the hotel for a great price it's certainly worth it.
Loved the Marski
Excellent place to base yourself in Helsinki. Its right opposite the Stockmann dept store and takes you right on the long Esplanade park towards the Market hall at the other end.
The room was very nice and clean, reaasonably sized for europe, with heated floors in the loo. Good sized tv, and airconditioned too (you need it even up in Helsinki in the summer!). The best part is the breakfast, which I think offers one of the best spread in Europe.
The Scandic Marski is classic eighties/nineties property (think Holiday Inn). The rooms are functional but dated and in parts slightly worn out. The superior room I stayed in had a double bed, a mini bar, and a very small bathroom. Strangely enough the bed came with two single duvets. The superior rooms are not cheap and don't come with any extras, such as luxurious toiletries, welcome drink or fruit but the room is adorned with pictures advertising other Scandic promotions. I can't imagine what the 'regular' rooms are like.
The Scandic Hotel Marski sits dead centre of Helsinki and is well appointed and competitively priced. The lobby features a coffee shop, kids play area, free internet access and restaurant. Lifts are activated by inserting key cards, which makes the hotel more secure.
The Scandic Marski was a great place to stay in Helsinki. You can't beat the location, which is an easy walk to the Atheneum Museum and all the other major sites of downtown. Our room was impeccably clean, very pleasant, with a beautiful view of the streets and harbor. The room design itself was not the best, with a column sticking out from the center, between the two beds. Front desk service is nothing less than excellent. The clerks were friendly, helpful, and very patient in explaining the place to this pair of ignoramus tourists.
Stayed here whilst on business twice this month & rate it fairly highly against other Hotels in Helsinki. The Marski is a comfortable hotel right in the centre of Helsinki, with direct access to restaurants, bars & shops. Clean rooms. Internet/Dial-Up access. Friendly staff. Taxi rank right outside hotel if you need to travel outwith city centre. Pretty popular hotel, so book well in advance.
Nice hotel in the city center
This is one of my favourite hotels in Helsinki. It is located right in the city center, right opposite to the Stockmann department store.
Rooms are relatively big and nicely furnished, the hotel restaurant is OK and the bathrooms are quite big (at least those with the bathtub).
The only complaint is that if you get a room from the Mannerheimintie (= Helsinki's main street) side, there will be some noise from the street. On the other hand you can have an interesting view from those rooms (= Mannerheimintie/Stockmann).